McDSP Analog Channel Native v6 Plug-in

Analog Tape Machine, Console, and Channel Amplifiers Modeling Plug-in with Library of Presets - Mac/PC AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
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Dose of Analog Vibe!

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This is a big deal! For starters, Analog Channel native is an industry-favorite plug-in. With it, you get the unmistakable sound of high-end analog tape machines, tape, and channel amplifiers. The bottom line is, you'll love how it sounds, so it's no wonder the biggest studios in the world have been relying on McDSP plug-ins for years now!

Wherever you come from in the audio world - rising star or seasoned vet - you'll appreciate the great sound you get from McDSP Analog Channel native. The library of presets gives you a host of great launching-off points, and the ultra-low latency means it won't in the way of your creative workflow. Get it now!

McDSP Analog Channel Native Plug-in at a Glance:
  • AC101 delivers realistic preamp vibe
  • AC202 yields rich analog tape saturation
AC101 delivers realistic preamp vibe

First, there's AC101. It plays the part of a high-end digital preamp, giving you a lot of room for even excessive amounts of gain, without that digital distortion. You can use the Drive control to decide where the audio should "sit" in the saturation/compression region, and you can even adjust the Attack and Release times of the distortion character. Nice.

AC202 yields rich tape saturation

Next up is AC202, which virtually takes your sound on a pass through an analog tape machine. It features parameters you'd expect, including Bias, Playback Speed, and IEC1/2 equalization. Yet, in true-to-McDSP fashion, it also lets you do things that tape machines never could do, including offering adjustable low-frequency roll-off and head bump, independent of playback speed. What's cool too is that you can choose several playback head types, tape formulations, and even control the tape-saturation recover time.

McDSP Analog Channel Native Plug-in Features:
  • This version supports AAX Native, AU, VST, and VST3 plug-in formats
  • Emulates the sounds of analog mixing consoles, tape machines, and tape media
  • Includes two plug-ins, AC101 and AC202
  • Features a library of presets emulating analog mixing systems
  • Real-time display of saturation curves and calibrations
  • Analog-saturation modeling
  • Double-precision processing
  • Ultra-low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions
Inject a dose of analog vibe into your tracks with McDSP Analog Channel native!

Tech Specs

Software Type Analog emulation
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit (AAX Native), 64-bit (AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3)
iLok Required Yes, iLok2
Format AAX Native, AU, VST, VST3
Hardware Requirements - Mac 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number M-PI-ACN-E

Customer Reviews

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Analog Glory

Before Slate's VCC or Waves NLS there was Analog Channel, AC1 gives you console like summing and saturation for you entire mix where as AC2 give you the control a tape saturation and allows you to customize the sound to fit the source. Both are subtle plugins that won't turn your mixes into gold at first but as you mix and add them to your mix the 5-10% these little guys add to you track and mix makes all the difference. It's the small moves that add up to the bigger picture that will change your mixes overnight!
Music background: Mix Engineer

Classic fantastic plug

Honestly this is a classic plug that ranks up there with the waves Renaissance plugs which are some of the original plugs from years ago that people still use as go to plugs. Honestly McDsp just got this one right. It has gone a little out of fashion because newer stuff keeps hitting the market but....platinum records have been made by using this plugin. Nothing new coming out changes that fact! The huge amount of presets makes it really easy to find what you need quickly. AC1 is fantastic to give your tracks the ilusion that they are being mixed thru a top-flight console. And smooth or aggressive....take your pick. Love this bundle. Definitely a huge huge + in my arsenal and I own the Eventide Anthology X, Blackhole, Waves Diamond, Tracks Deluxe, NI plugs and more. This won't just get lost in the file banks - I'm using this on every track! 5+ to MCDSP on this one! God bless
Music background: Music Ed & Tech Professor, songwriter/producer

Nice colour to your tracks.

Very easy to use and very efective in giving a nice colour to your tracks. Very extend number of presets and very useful.

Get one....!

Every time I get a McDSP pluggin it has a certain WOW factor! Te Analog Channel was ON POINT! Made a sweet difference in the overall sonic delivery. Added punch, clarity, warmth and character in such a tasteful way. I highly recommend you get one!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician

Still a great plug!

This is an older plugin so some people may be tempted to bypass it but honestly it does as well as a lot of the new ones. It imparts a subtle warmth and smoothness on each track (which more closer matches what people are trying to do with analog summing, etc.) rather than drastic changes. I like it for that reason - it is kind of like adding an SSL to the 2 buss. You usually add it for that little added sheen/glue - not usually for drastic changes but it makes the mix overall sound more professional. That is what this does - makes your mix sound more professional. You won't regret purchasing this. God bless!
Music background: Professor of music education and audio production
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